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Action 2000, the DTI-funded body set up to raise awareness about the millennium bug, has drawn up a shortlist for an above- and below-the-line account said to be worth about 10m. The shortlist includes Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO, which has teamed up with Barraclough Hall Woolston Gray, FCA!, BMP DDB with WWAV Rapp Collins, and Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper with Evans Hunt Scott Eurocom.

Young & Rubicam has picked up the 2m Mo&235t et Chandon account after a four-way pitch involving BDDP and Publicis. Incumbent Saatchi & Saatchi did not pitch for the business.

Caffrey’s has drawn up a shortlist for its 5m advertising account. Leo Burnett, DMB&B, Ogilvy & Mather, St Luke’s, Roose & Partners and The Leith Agency are understood to be pitching. WCRS is the incumbent.

Parcelforce, the Post Office-run parcel delivery service, is talking to agencies about its 3m account in advance of a tender through the Official Journal of the European Community. The creative account is currently with J Walter Thompson and media buying is handled by MindShare.

Swan Hellenic, the cruise operator is understood to be reviewing its creative account said to be worth 2m. There will be no review of the media buying account held by Booth Lockett Makin.

Diesel, the clothing brand, has sparked 64 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority with its latest ad campaign (right). The complaints centre around one ad featuring nuns in jeans and the other showing a man wearing jeans and sawing a hand off an arm.

McCann-Erickson is tipped to get the European creative account for computer manufacturer Gateway 2000, which is held by DMB&B. The move will follow the computer manufacturer’s decision to switch agencies in the US.

Faulds Advertising has won the national account for Tomme Tippee and Maws child and baby products and will launch advertising for both brands this year.

The Health Education Board Scotland has had pitches from for its 1.13m account from Faulds, The Leith Agency and incumbent The Bridge.

Bates Dorland and Young & Rubicam are the last two agencies on the Department of Social Security’s list for its 2m family credit campaign. Their ideas have gone into research.

The Interpublic Group has bought the US live events company Jack Morton for an estimated 30m.

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